Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Richard Thompson On Anti-War Songs
I covered Richard Thompson's anti-war song before. But any chance to hear from him (Thompson is one of the absolute greats) is welcome. Thompson tells USA Today he hasn't heard any truly great anti-war songs to come out of the Iraq war (I'd include his own in that summation), but that some of Neil Young's songs are strong but with a bland statement. He also claims his new album is not focused on the Iraq war, but war in general, such as domestic war and relationship war. "There's a sweetness to it as well," he says, but Thompson must be joking. The only time you'd use the word "sweet" to describe his music is if you were following the word "bitter."